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Thanks for the feedback. Good to hear that the atmosphere is carried over in these images.
The framing of both shots was pretty much dictated by the surroundings and my lens (I only had my 35mm Samyang). On the left of the bell in image #2, there is a traffic light (indeed, a traffic light) for a walking bridge leading to the castle Olavinlinna. I believe this bell was originally used to call the rowman before a bridge was built. On the right, there is a path and some more trees, but I might have had some leeway there - although then the balance of the image would be off...
Here's one shot of the Olavinlinna castle. I still need to tackle it with my camera at some point.
The looming tower by JaakkoHeikkila, on Flickr
As for image #1, I would have preferred landscape orientation myself, but it didn't work, sadly. I needed to get quite close to the edge of the water to fit the tree and its reflection in the image, and this called for portrait orientation. Furthermore, there were quite a lot of distractions on the right.
Here's a landscape image to show the surroundings.
Nevertheless, those were good suggestions. Thanks for your insight!